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Processed DMCA Claim Against Pewdiepie Prompts Video Protest From Popular Streamer

As it threatened, Campo Santo submitted a DMCA takedown claim against Pewdiepie to punish him for his unacceptable use of a racial slur during a stream of another company’s game.


Felix Kjellberg, better known as Pewdiepie, is a popular streamer who has made millions by streaming video of popular games, including a critically-acclaimed indie title called Firewatch. Over the years, Pewdiepie has also courted controversy. He recently bounded into the headlines once again after using a racial slur during a live stream. That incident is not the first time he has drawn criticism for his racist behavior.

Sean Vanaman of Campo Santo had strong words for Pewdiepie in the wake of the stream, and indicated he planned to issue a DMCA takedown request on a past video Pewdiepie produced that featured Firewatch gameplay. That request has since processed, and it resulted in a copyright strike against Pewdiepie’s channel. In response, Pewdiepie posted a new 11-minute video to address the matter, which we have embedded below.

We at Shacknews condemn Pewdiepie’s offensive behavior during the stream, and do not believe the ensuing apology was sufficient. For his part, Pewdiepie appears to be more interested in putting the matter behind him than in reflecting on how he might behave in the future.

In the new video, Pewdiepie doesn’t seem to be trying to change minds about his past behavior. He specifically expresses his desire to avoid stirring up further controversy (while noting he did like Firewatch when he played it, though he also describes it as a “walking simulator”). He instead called attention to the fact that Campo Santo is using the DMCA system in a punitive manner. This point he highlights by sharing the following tweet from Sean Vanaman:

Pewdiepie believes Vanaman’s use of the DMCA takedown request was an inappropriate way to deal with the situation.

“Whether you like me or Mr. Vanaman, these laws are made for people to take down content,” Pewdiepie notes. “And whenever there’s power to do so, it’s going to be abused. And especially when the reason to take down the content has nothing to do with copyright, it sort of shows that. I think these laws are important for artists, to protect artists’ work and what they do. And that’s why I think it’s really dangerous to make these sort of claims, and to do these sort of copyright claims for no real valid reason, no matter what you think of me.”

Pewdiepie explains that he already made the Firewatch video private, out of respect for Vanaman’s concerns, but that was not enough to prevent a strike against his account (which affects his livelihood). He stressed that he is willing to work with other developers who may not wish to see video of their games associated with Pewdiepie.

“If you have a problem with any content of mine, or any video being up, you’re free to tweet me,” he remarked. “I will probably see it, and I will respect that request. I did get a request from another developer, asking the same thing—‘Hey, can you delete this video?’—and I did. And I wouldn’t have had any problem to have done the same with this video. I have a huge amount of respect for developers and what they do. I know my work would not have been possible without them, and that’s why I would never go against that.”

You can watch the entire video if you would like to try to follow Pewdiepie’s discussion from start to finish. He does draw attention to the ways in which copyright law and the DMCA system currently work, which could prove educational to those who aren’t already aware.

If the case were to go to court, the outcome might easily be much different from the one Pewdiepie and his millions of supporters envision, and that’s certainly food for thought. What do you think? Did the DMCA takedown of the Firewatch video demonstrate proper use of the available system and copyright laws, or should publishers, streamers, YouTube and others find better ways to resolve similar issues in the future?

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From The Chatty
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    September 15, 2017 6:48 PM

    Jason Venter posted a new article, Processed DMCA Claim Against Pewdiepie Prompts Video Protest From Popular Streamer

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      September 15, 2017 7:11 PM

      oh great now there are two pics of that fucktard on the front page

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      September 15, 2017 7:14 PM

      Nothing really new here. He doesn't make any point that wasn't already discussed already in the chatty. Although I confess I didn't realize that a channel could get shut down so easily.

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      September 15, 2017 11:14 PM

      I miss when this site was only about about Shaquille O'Neal. Have you guys registered and is the chatty search going to work on the new site?

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      September 17, 2017 7:51 AM

      I've never watched a pewdiepie video, and I've no idea how these morons are so popular, but in this particular case... he's not wrong.

      Taking down a video because it has racist language in it is not a DMCA concern. The video *should* have been taken down by youtube due to the use of racist language, not a DMCA strike.

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        September 17, 2017 7:58 PM

        The video taken down was not the racist video, it was the video containing their copyright as they want to disassociate and disallow him from using their content. Those videos can only be taken down by the premise of a DMCA as that is what DMCA is for, you seem to not understand that the video which he used offensive language and the one taken down are not one in the same.

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          September 18, 2017 1:14 PM

          And not wanting your product associated with a PewDiePie because he's a racist (or more likely, just an idiot) is still not a copyright concern.

          Gameplay/Let'sPlay videos are considered fair use, so the DMCA takedown is abuse, IMO.

          Regardless of what video the strike was initiated against, it doesn't change the fact that people abuse DMCA takedowns.

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      September 17, 2017 2:50 PM

      Regardless of his stupid swearing, this is more like a DMCA shakedown than takedown.

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